Creative Tools That Kicked My Unproductive Arse
These are the books, products, articles and people that have changed my life. They’ve changed how I think about productivity, how I view ideas, and how I get stuff done.
Steven Pressfield is a leader in the “creativity is a habit” field. The man wrote Baggar Vance (you know, that golf movie with Will Smith), and has been cranking out bestsellers since.
The title of this book says it all, and Pressfield shows how to suit up and battle the urge to not follow through on our creativity.
Twyla Tharp is all about routines, and why they make better art. She takes more of an artsy approach to making ideas happen, but it’s incredibly helpful.
Stephen King is a machine. He’s been writing forever, and On Writing Well gives a glimpse as to what it takes to be truly prolific. Hint: Doing it daily.
I loved this book. It’s like Scott Belsky wrote the book for me. The book expounds on the basic premise that great ideas are 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.
David Allen’s timeless work on how to manage everything that needs to be done in our lives. An oldie but a goodie. (I wrote a GTD primer a while back.)
William Zinsser wrote the industry standard on writing non-fiction. On Writing Well is a fantastic read, and it’s something that bloggers/writers should read annually.
Danielle LaPorte’s Fire Starter Sessions kicked my ass. Bad.
Danielle has the gift of making you think long and hard about whether or not you’re truly doing what you love. And if you’re not, she’ll tell you right away.
But the best part is that not only does Danielle help you figure out what you’re best at, she helps you make a career out of it. She places an emphasis on career driven by emotion, and helps you find exactly what you’re going to love doing.
Chris Guillebeau is an amazing example of a creative guy who meticulously built an empire around his creative pursuits. Art + Money is excellent advice for artists and other creative types trying to go it on their own.
There’s also Working for Yourself which goes over creating a very small business that supports your personal freedom.
All of the Unconventional Guides are fantastic, and Chris is a great guy to support.
Jonathan Mead and Charlie Gilkey teamed up to create a powerhouse of a resource on how to get the most out of your work. It’s truly brilliant stuff, and I’d recommend it to anyone.
Mark McGuinness’ excellent free ebook for us “creative types” on how to keep the focus while dealing with life.
Brian Clark (aka Copyblogger) wrote a nice free report on what it takes to a creative professional. It includes great market research strategies and other helpful nuggets.
A classic approach to getting things done. One of the best-selling productivity ebooks ever. Less about tools and productivity pr0n, more about the system.
Oh, and Leo’s site ZenHabits is pure gold.
Jonathan Mead has a free resource on getting paid to be you.